Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $21

THE SKINNY: The first few times I used Hyperlash Mascara, I loved it. The next few times, not so much. So I'm a little torn.

Here's the pro. This is a very dark mascara that went one smoothly and lengthened my lashes immediately. I love the dramatic color. The brush seemed really decent and able to deliver a good coating of mascara while adding definition to each lash. It even caught those tiny lower lashes with ease.

Smashbox advertises this product as a "high-density" mascara with a dual brush, kind of a comb-brush combo, that "lifts, lengthens, volumizes and defines." All true.

But this is one of those mascaras that isn't waterproof but is next to impossible to get off. I scrubbed and scrubbed with makeup remover and soap and still woke up the next morning looking like a raccoon. I would come out of the shower later that morning looking like a raccoon again. It takes days to remove this stuff!

This is also one of those mascaras that clumps (even though Smashbox says it won't) after a few uses. And a dark mascara creates big, ugly clumps. So if you try it, be sure to clean the brush really well after each use.

In the end, I think this mascara is too dark and stubborn for everyday wear, but it would still be fun and dramatic for a night out on the town.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep, but invest in some really good makeup remover. (Anyone have any suggestions?)

CHECK IT OUT: Smashbox has several varieties of mascara, including Hyperlash, Full Exposure and Bionic on its website.

-- Tested by Shay